Published: June 3, 2014 3:00 a.m.
Some wary over Habitat homes
BLOOMINGTON – Some Bloomington residents say they were surprised that a Habitat for Humanity chapter picked their neighborhood for construction of several new homes.
Sarah Taylor said she and others living in the West Pointe subdivision didn’t know Monroe County Habitat for Humanity had bought seven lots there until excavation equipment showed up a month ago.
Volunteers will be building three houses in the neighborhood on the city’s southwest side as part of a 12-day construction blitz starting this week, The Herald-Times reported.
Taylor said she believed Habitat for Humanity is a great organization, but the group and the neighborhood’s developer didn’t tell residents in advance about the plans.
“Surely, we should have had some notice,” Taylor said. “We had no voice in this.”
Kerry Thomson, executive director of the Habitat chapter, said anyone could have bought the lots and that the new homeowners will be good neighbors.
This year’s project is the chapter’s fifth annual Builders Blitz, with local professional homebuilders, suppliers and volunteers constructing the houses with donated materials and labor.
Three families, including a family with six children, will receive the homes from Habitat.
remember that homes built and not sold for full value also count in "permits" "starts" "sales" and "deliveries"
habitat is the 6th largest homebuilder in the country
be sure to factor these into your calculations concerning market demand, ok?
With industry consolidation and shakeouts still occurring, Habitat for Humanity has dropped to 13th with app. 3,500 homes built annually.
Toll is 13th with app. 4,300 homes built. Those are 2013 numbers.